Western Michigan University is celebrating the replacement of Sangren Hall, the expansion of Lee Honors College and the creation of a new Pedestrian Mall on Friday, September 28, 2012 — and you're invited!! Please join the WMU community in touring these new state-of-the-art facilities as they represent a newly-enhanced chapter in the education and stewardship of our Broncos.

The celebration will begin at 6pm and will consist of a short speaking program and reception inside new Sangren Hall which will be followed by self-guided, informational tours of both Lee Honors College and Sangren Hall. Performances by the Bronco Marching Band and students from the School of Music will also be featured. To view a map of Sangren and the tour highlights, please click here.

Project Details

The approximately 230,000 square foot new Sangren Hall houses four floors of classrooms, labs, lecture halls, administrative facilities, an education library, a reading clinic, and a counseling clinic that will promote learning and student development. In an effort to achieve Gold-level LEED certification, additional focus was placed on utilizing sustainable and recycled materials, as well as recycling 78 percent of all construction debris created during the project. Sangren Hall now features 49,000 square feet of glass to increase natural light; doors, millwork, and handrails made of bamboo; and floors made of cork. The roofing system features “green roofs” that help retain water that would otherwise go into the watershed. To view a time lapse video of the demolition and construction of Sangren Hall, please click here.

The privately funded Lee Honors College renovation added 4,000 square feet to the existing 8,400-square-foot structure which includes twice as many classrooms, a small library, a seasonal outdoor classroom with amphitheatre-style seating, a renovated student lounge, and state-of-the-art instructional technology throughout. WMU's Lee Honors College is one of the oldest and most highly regarded collegiate honors programs in the nation. The college serves as academic home to more than 1,400 top students from around the nation who are enrolled in disciplines across campus.

In addition, the site between and around Lee Honors College and Sangren Hall will be transformed into a Pedestrian MallThe entire site features:

  • A new Pedestrian Mall which connects and expands the existing mall area to the west of the flag plaza 
  • New vehicle access routes for drop-off and parking on the north side of the new building
  • New and relocated utilities to serve the new building
  • Storm water management infrastructure, including surface and underground detention structures.
  • Walkways and landscaping around the perimeter of the new building.

Western Michigan University will celebrate these new state-of-the-art facilities at Excellence Renewed
on Friday, September 28


Date & Location
Date: 9/28/2012
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Sangren Hall
Parking will be available in the structure located across West Michigan Avenue from the Student Recreation Center on main campus. Alternate parking will be available in lot #61 (off Rankin Avenue behind Rood Hall, near the corner of Howard Street and West Michigan Avenue). View the parking map